After UML, Nepali Congress follows the YCL path of the Maoist party
Following the example of the Maoists’ YCL and the CPN-UML’s Youth Force, Nepal Tarun Dal (NTD), youth wing of Nepali Congress, has formed its own separate group “to combat corruption and anarchy”. NTD aims to mobilizing the party’s youths to counter the activities of YCL and Youth Force of the two major leftist parties. However, its leaders said their youth group with will be different in nature from YCL and Youth Force. “We have not set up a force like the YCL and Youth Force, but a taskforce to launch a nationwide public awareness campaign against all kinds of corruption,” said Uday Shumsher Rana, vice-president of NTD. “It won’t scuffle with YCL and Youth Force physically but will always be ready to face any situation while carrying out its anti-graft political campaign.” NTD Secretary Janmajaya Timilsina has been assigned to lead the campaign. The NTD’s decision comes amidst wide criticism that YCL and Youth Force are taking the law in their hands and ignoring the authority of law enforcement units of the state.
Referring to the current activities of Youth Force cadres in various districts including Banke, Youth and Sports Minister Gopal Shakya, on Tuesday urged the party’s youth wing not to erode the UML’s public image. Addressing a program of youths affiliated with the CPN-UML in Nepalgunj, Minister Shakya said, “The whole party is behind this volunteers’ organization (Youth Force) but it must maintain the party’s reputation.” Shakya warned that the Youth Force would be more destructive than the Young Communist League (YCL) if it becomes undisciplined. Gopal Pun, joint coordinator of the Banke Youth Force, said the organization would not disobey the party’s directions. Following nationwide criticism, Maoist Chairman and Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has vowed to dissolve the paramilitary structure of the YCL.